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Commentary: Popular, not excellent: The academy's new scheme is condescending

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially declared that all popular films suck. It didn't quite intend to say that out loud, obviously. The academy is desperately trying to bolster ratings for its annual awards telecast. So, on Wednesday, it announced that the show would be cut from four hours to around three. (The assumption there is that shorter things are more exciting, ... Read more

Mark James Miller: Big Sur - beautiful, wonderful, mysterious

“On soft spring nights I’ll stand in the yard under the stars — something good will come out of all things yet — and it will be golden and … Read more

Ron Fink: Homeless camps in the riverbed

For months folks have been complaining about the homeless problem in the city. A few months ago, the City Council tasked the police chief w… Read more